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By keeptahoeblue
#11760
What company makes the best Djembe. I want a quality drum and im not afraid to invest. what is the diference in sound between mali and a guinea drum? What wood is best?

thank you so so so much.

-n
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By michi
#11761
If you search around in the forums a bit, you'll find plenty of discussions about good-quality drums. Don't buy anything that has a brand label on it, such as Remo or LP. Anything made in a factory is not the real thing.

If you want to see really nice drums sold at a reasonable price, check out Drumskull Drums and Wula Drum.

Cheers,

Michi.
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By Rhythm House Drums
#12663
I've heard that http://www.RhythmHouseDrums.com has some excellent djembes and will build a shell up to your specs. ;)

We carry drums from Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali. Woods in Iroko, Lenke, Djalla, Khadi(my favorite)... etc. We will also build up a custom djembe or ashiko out of American Hardwoods... Walnut gives the best sound in my opinion.
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By michi
#12703
Rhythm House Drums wrote:I've heard that http://www.RhythmHouseDrums.com has some excellent djembes and will build a shell up to your specs. ;)
Do they now? That's fascinating, thanks a lot for pointing that out ;)

As I said elsewhere, there is no such thing as "the best djembe". And anything made by a company is automatically out of the running. By "company", I mean any shell that's made in a factory.

If you want a real djembe, get a shell imported from Africa. Quite a few of these djembes are branded (such as the ones from Rhythm House Drums ;), Wula, or Drumskull). But that just means that these companies were involved in the quality-control, manufacturing, and/or building process in some way; the shells are still genuine African shells, made of traditional hardwoods and carved by African carvers, which is what you want.

Cheers,

Michi.

Edited to add: Actually, for Australian customers, there is a guy called Michi Henning who makes pretty decent drums. (Sorry, couldn't resist... ;) )
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By closetdrummer
#25886
I bought my drum from World Wide Drums LLC. Don't know much about the company.
It (apparently) came from West Africa...probably on a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 3 but does the job for me for under $225.
By PBS
#25894
For European customers I can certainly recommend the French seller BaraGnouma (http://baragnouma.com/en/), where the drums are sent directly from Burkina Faso.

Including taxes and postage the cost of my djembe from them came to £169.00, which compared to the so called 'professional' company made drums I have seen online, appears to be a bargain.

I was so impressed with the quality that I now have another one on order!
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By sol
#26014
Well i got my first one from Wassoulou and is pretty good, i just wished i could go there to buy my self not through internet, but i'm plaining to get my next one from Drumskull for sure!
By Paul
#26034
sol wrote:Well i got my first one from Wassoulou and is pretty good, i just wished i could go there to buy my self not through internet, but i'm plaining to get my next one from Drumskull for sure!
I would like to hear a review about Wassoulou drums, I believe they are quite new to the market but their pictures look awesome...

Where are you based? There are some select dealers who sell djembes but not on the same mass scale and as such they don't seem to have websites.

I would like to hear some comparisons from the non-european based people. As a lot of the dealers you talk about are US based its not very likely that i'm ever going to try them out..

Anyone done any comparatives e.g. wula v's baragnouma.... mamady signature v's drumskull etc...
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By Waraba
#26040
An oft-overlooked company is Djembedirect.com; their high-end djembes are excellent.